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Senior artists display skill and insight
Posted Dec. 5, 2008

This morning I stood in the middle of the Harris Gallery and felt a sense of accomplishment as I looked at the Senior Thesis Art Exhibition that lined the walls around me.

The show is a multiple art exhibit representing the work of 12 University of La Verne art department students, which includes photography, painting, design and sculpture.

As I glanced around, I was reminded of what it took to get to this point; how each piece incorporates the minds of all the students through our weekly critiques and subsequent modifications of thought.

My personal piece has really changed throughout the course of this semester, and with the guidance of my fellow art majors, my metamorphosis from one original idea to my final piece demonstrates this cooperative approach.

This exhibit is especially worth seeing because of the range of projects, each unique and different from the next.

Jaclyn Dino has put together a montage of sports photography of La Verne’s football team, taken throughout the semester. The piece speaks about the student within each of the players. It shows that they are not only a part of the team, but students working just as hard as any other.

Nelly Diab has created a series of ink designs, which rival mechanical software with her precision and detail. The works reflect both from her Islamic background and her own creativity and modernism of these designs. The black and white works are quite the spectacle, placed alongside Chris Arce’s vibrant paintings.

Christy Roberts has put forth a performance piece that addresses attitudes by torture and oppression as part of her installation work for the exhibit. The performance entails tattooing numbers on her own body, some of which represent the number of victims who died in the Holocaust.

Steven Bier’s nature photography shows different aspects of the Louis Robidoux Nature Center. Bier’s work speaks about the environment and what humankind has done to it by changing and destroying the natural growth of plants and flowers, which he has personally witnessed in the nature center he enjoyed so much as a child.

Michael Guitierrez is presenting a series of photographs taken on the streets of New York. His ideas stem from the chemistry of common life, and how instances build up to a moment in time. Guitierrez is interested in these bleak moments of time and capturing the dream-like world we live in.

Another artist showcased is Brandon Spiegel, who has produced large works dealing with optics using geometric shapes and the way in which the viewer perceives these colors and shapes as one. Spiegel is a perfectionist, and it shows in his craft.

Other art included in the exhibit is a multi-panel installation by Jennifer Esparza, a series of photographs inspired by the French filmmaker Jean Luc Godard by Eric Almanza, a sculpture of car parts by Greg Estevez and a hanging construction made of aluminum can tops by Amri Covarrubias.
The exhibit will run from Dec. 8-18 in the Harris Gallery. A reception will be held on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Come see for yourself the stunning works these artists have produced, from perception to execution.

Leah Heagy, a senior art major, is photography editor of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at leah.heagy@laverne.edu.